Study Guide

Oracle of Delphi (The Pythia) Sightings

Sightings

Dec 20, 2019

The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus

In this play, Orestes receives orders from Apollo via the Oracle that he must kill his mother, Clytemnestra.

Dec 20, 2019

The Eumenides by Aeschylus

This sequel to The Libation Bearers opens at Delphi, where Orestes is taking refuge from some vengeful Furies, angry over his mother's death.

Dec 20, 2019

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

The Oracle of Delphi proves to be all too right when she says that Oedipus is destined to sleep with his mother and kill his father. (Something tells us that the Pythia's prophecies wouldn't be too popular in fortune cookies.)

 

Dec 20, 2019

Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles

In this final Oedipus play, it's revealed that the Oracle also told Oedipus that he would die in a place sacred to the Furies. (Yup, she was totally right again.)

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Electra by Euripides

Check out another version of Orestes' Oracle-ordered execution of his own mother.

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Ion by Euripides

Set at Delphi, this play portrays a temple boy named Ion who finds out that Apollo is his long lost father.

Dec 20, 2019

Electra by Sophocles

Aaaaaand here's yet another version of Orestes' famous Oracle-ordered matricide. (Sometimes we wonder if the Oracle should've kept her big mouth shut.)

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Oedipus by Seneca

The big deal Roman playwright puts his spin on the Oedipus story, complete with the Oracle's prediction.

Dec 20, 2019

The Metamorphoses by Ovid

The Oracle pops up in tons of stories in this book of mythological poems. (Don't miss the tale of how Apollo conquered the Python and made it his own.)

Dec 20, 2019

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The spirit of the Oracle is trapped in a corpse by Hades in this first Percy Jackson novel.

 

Dec 20, 2019

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Oracle's spirit is finally able to pass on to its new host, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, in this Percy Jackson adventure.